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16.02.16

TfL seeks cash approval for Barking extension

Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Finance & Policy Committee is expected to approve “as a matter of urgency” £172m of third party funding today so that the Barking Riverside Line extension can be accepted by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

In its second meeting of the year, the committee’s agenda is entirely focused on the Barking project, which will see the Gospel Oak to Barking line extended by 4km to Barking Riverside, including 1.5km of new track.

The project, expected to cost around £263m if no prices change ahead of its pencilled completion date of 2021, has received “overwhelming support” from residents in public consultations.

Around £95m of that funding will come from budgeted TfL finances, while the rest will be met by Barking Riverside Line (BRL), a joint venture between Bellway Homes plc and the Greater London Authority.

BRL is leading on the delivery of a 10,800-strong housing estate in east London, which will include a new station served by the extended line.

If approved today, the extra funding will allow project leaders to progress the designs of the extension to a Network Rail GRIP 5 stage, as well as make an application to the Department for Transport to secure the rights to plan and operate the line.

BRE proposed alignmentClick on the image to enlarge it.

The final consultation for the project, launched in December and recently closed in late January, determined that ‘alignment B’ was the preferred route: a twin-tracked route between Renwick Road and Barking Riverside along a single viaduct.

The viaduct would pass over the freight terminal and Choats Road before dropping under the power lines and continuing into Barking Riverside. The eastbound line, towards Barking Riverside, would spur directly from the Tilbury loop passenger line, east of Barking station. The westbound line towards Barking would merge with the westbound Tilbury loop passenger line to the west of the Ripple Lane sidings.

Once ready, the extension will take four trains per hour to Barking, where passengers will be able to connect with District and Hammersmith & City tube services and c2c services into Fenchurch Street station.

As of now, the basic timetable for the project is to submit an application to central government by spring this year, with designs completed by spring 2017 and the main contract awarded by autumn next year.

Comments

Rory Hayden   17/02/2016 at 11:28

This article makes reference to the fact that there is "overwhelming support" for the extension except from the residents that will have a concrete fly over to look at from their windows. Also whilst attending the last consultation meeting in December (6 people attended)we were told there would be another meeting in February but now it would appear that the consultation has ended. Whilst in this meeting we were basically told that the line was going ahead after much public opinion said it was a good thing. What they do not tell you is that the research they did was across London and not just with local residents. We have been told that the line will go ahead regardless of any local opinion

Andrew G   17/02/2016 at 23:19

Also the extension for the GOBLIN could be extended to Abbey Wood to connect with Crossrail and Southeastern if plans are to be made to extend the GOBLIN to Abbey Wood with Crossrail to open in 2018.

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